What it is: Hot and sour soup.
Why it’s awesome: Tamarind paste and calamansi (or Philippine lime) juice infuse the broth with its signature sour flavor. This version calls for salty chunks of pork and a splash of creamy coconut milk to round out things out. Recipe here.
6. Ube Ice Cream
What it is: Exactly what it sounds like: ice cream made from the root crop ube, also known as purple yam.
Why it’s awesome: Purple ice cream. ‘Nuff said. Recipe here.
What it is: Sweet coconut cake.
Why it’s awesome: Rice flour + coconut cream = a Filipino Christmastime treat that’s delicious enough to eat year-round. Recipe here.
What it is: Dessert made with a hodgepodge of ingredients, including shaved ice, sweet beans, fruit, tapioca, and ube ice cream.
Why it’s awesome: Halo-halo means “mix mix” in Tagalog, and that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do with it. Recipe here.